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Lyceum Society: Evolution of Rolling Vehicles


for Members

Lyceum Society: Evolution of Rolling Vehicles

Thursday, June 20, 2013

University Settlement at the Houston Street Center

Presented By

Presented by the Lyceum Society


Please Note:

The June 20th Lyceum Society meeting will be held at:
University Settlement at the Houston Street Center, 273 Bowery (at Houston), New York, NY 10002

The Lyceum Society comprises the Academy's retired and semi-retired members. Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.

All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches.

Brown Bag: 11:30 AM
Brief-Brief: 12:45 PM
Lecture & Discussion: 1:00–3:00 PM

Ocean Science in Bermuda
Speaker: Hugh L. Evans, PhD

Hugh Evans earned his BA in Psychology in 1963 from Rutgers, his PhD in Psychobiology from the University of Pittsburgh and was a Postdoc Fellow in Toxicology at the University of Rochester. His teaching posts are many, culminating as Professor, Department Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine. At present he is Research Professor, part time, New York University School of Medicine.

Main Presentation:
Evolution of Rolling Vehicles
Speaker: Joel Kirman, MChE

Since the invention of the wheel, the life of society has been impacted by the changing designs of rolling vehicles. This lecture will explore the interactions of those vehicles: wagons, chariots, carriages, bicycles, railways and automobiles on the life of society. The lecture will also explore the techniques of moving those vehicles.

Joel J. Kirman received a BS from the City College of New York, and an MS from CUNY: both in Chemical Engineering. Professionally a Process Manager, he designed petrochemical plants, practicing a specialty in the heating and reaction of fluids at high temperatures. Through his own firm, Envirodactics Co., he was a consulting engineer.

He has served as Chair of the New York Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; Chair of the Engineering Section of the New York Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of AIChE, a member of the Society for the History of Technology, and the Secretary of the Lyceum Society. For several years, he taught a course in the History of Invention at The New School. His hobby is to delve into the history, technology, and development of our industrial culture. "I remain curious about how the material side of our civilization got to where it is."

Kirman's past lectures at the Lyceum Society include: Materials and Techniques of Art; Color Photography before the Solid State; Mostly Indoor Illumination; Attic Red and Black Figure Ware; Fluid Catalytic Cracking of Petroleum; The Solid State and the Transistor Radio; The Exact Sciences from the Babylonians to Newton; From the Jacquard Loom through Punch Cards to CCDs; From the Camera Obscura to Kodachrome.

Registration Pricing

Student/Postdoc Member$0
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$10

Travel & Lodging

Event Location

University Settlement at the Houston Street Center

273 Bowery (at Houston)
New York, NY 10002

Map for 273 Bowery